Vehicle: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 210
Work Completed: Full respray from light blue to Ferrari Yellow with white roof; new carburettor and air filter unit, new front and rear bumpers, new front grille, new exterior chrome trim such as bonnet rockets, front Chevrolet badge and V trim, new headlamp surrounds, new door handles, new windscreen wipers, new door mirrors, new side trim, new rear fins and a new rear badge, new chrome horn ring, dashboard and steering wheel repainted, new headlining, new interior B pillars, original vinyl seats and carpet cleaned, new door cards, armrests, chrome window winders and chrome door handles, new rearview mirror, new instrument binnacle, original steel wheels were replaced with chrome units with new tyres.
Notes: Original barn find purchased in Sarasota, Florida. Restoration price includes £2,155 import tax & shipping and £1000 travel expenses. Carburettor caught fire shortly after purchase. This car is more correctly a 210 model (the middle trim range) with Bel Air (top trim range) quarter panel trim. It does not carry the front fender chevrons or extended rear fin trim of a true Bel Air. Since appearing on the show, the car has been fitted with the fender chevrons and rear fin trim.
Vehicle: 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 Cabriolet
Work Completed: Gearbox refurbished, new clutch fitted, engine removed and engine bay cleaned including fitting of new soundproof firewall lining panels, hole in the trunk left from auxiliary heater welded over with new metal, black exterior sills stripped and re-sprayed to match the color of the car, interior refurbished with new dash panels, new carpets and new door cards, exterior cosmetics such as front badge and chrome door trim fitted.
Notes: Purchased in Boise, Idaho. Despite being a German car, it was explained by Mike that the only quality used examples can be found in the American west coast. Restoration price includes £2,050 import tax & shipping and £1000 travel expenses. UK spec taillights were also fitted but not mentioned on the show.
Vehicle: 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside
Work Completed: Engine upgraded from single to twin carburettors with new manifold, engine bay resprayed to match Chrysler Cream body colour (paint supplied by seller), flatbed floor wood replaced, replaced the chrome tailgate chains, fitted a new chrome rear emblem, soundproofing installed inside the cab to reduce engine noise and vibrations, white grille replaced with chrome version, repainted the front Chevrolet badge and replaced the original wheels (including the side mounted spare) with a set of new powdercoated black “Smoothie” wheels with chrome beauty rings and chrome hubcaps.
Notes: Purchased near San Francisco, California. Restoration price includes £1,950 shipping, £300 import tax and £1000 travel expenses. First pickup truck in the series. The rear axle and leafs springs were also repainted satin black, the exhaust seems to have either been replaced or cleaned up and the side skirts repainted but not mentioned on the show.
Vehicle: 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
Work Completed: Dents in stainless steel panels removed, rear louver panel fixed with fiberglass and repainted, flywheel/crankshaft oil seal replaced, interior revamped with new seat covers, new gear shift gaiter, new carpets and new instrument binnacle, faulty window motors replaced, faulty aircon system fixed by changing blown fuse, offside rear light lens replaced and wheels refurbished.
Notes: Purchased near Auburn, California. Restoration price includes £2,500 import tax & shipping, £1000 travel expenses. Sold at a DeLorean gathering in Norfolk at £500 over the asking price.
Vehicle: 1970 Dodge Charger
Work Completed: Front wheel bearings replaced, new gear linkage installed to sort poor gear select problem, faulty power steering pump replaced, modified rear spring hangers replaced with stock ones, faulty headlamp motor replaced so signature headlamps open and close properly, signature horn from The Dukes of Hazzard installed.
Notes: Purchased near Dallas, Texas, and driven to Paris, Texas, to pay a small tribute to the film of the same name before being shipped back to the UK. Second-hand parts purchased at a junk shop in Arizona. Restoration price includes £1,840 shipping, £777 import tax, £1000 travel expenses. Restored car was tested at a quarter-mile drag strip, where Mike clocked in at 18.056 seconds and Edd did 17.048 seconds. Sold at asking price with a full tank of petrol. Featured car had the 383 Magnum engine.
Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Turbo Convertible
Work Completed: Replaced turbocharger, ignition coil pack and spark plugs, nearside headlamp housing, ignition key barrel, aerial, gearknob, front badge, pulled out some dents and fitted a steering rack brace kit.
Notes: Restored car was taken to an air base to pay tribute to Saab’s fighter plane heritage.
Vehicle: 1959 Austin-Healey “Frogeye” Sprite”
Work Completed: Full body respray from red to Iris Blue, front drum brakes swapped for disc brakes from an MG Midget brightwork professionally polished, new seatcover kit fitted and replaced the original wheels with a set of Minilite alloys.
Notes: The oldest British car to be featured in the series, featuring a 1275cc uprated engine. Restored car was taken to Brooklands to pay tribute to classic British motorsport. Faded hood was used to mark down the selling price.
Vehicle: 2001 Range Rover 4.0 HSE
Work Completed: Replaced the air suspension pump, replaced both rubber front anti-roll bar bushes with new polyurethane units, fitted a new front grille, replaced the offside headlight assembly, replaced the front offside electric window regulator assembly, replaced the satnav control unit, refitted the missing front fog lamps with new units, refitted the missing front and rear Range Rover decals and added tint to the rear windows.
Notes: Car was purchased on eBay. It broke down on the way back due to a faulty air suspension pump and needed towing back.
Vehicle: 1979 Mini Moke
Work Completed: Replaced the original radiator and cooling fan with uprated units, original rubber cone suspension replaced with a conical spring type, replaced the black soft top roof with a new white unit with new side panels, repaired the rust on the roof frame and had it powdercoated in the same colour as the car, cut out the rusty metal from the edge of the nearside floorpan under the fuel tank and welded in new metal, reupholstered and refurbished the seats from blue to white.
Notes: Australian built car with a 1275cc Austin Metro engine.
Vehicle: 1973 Jaguar E-Type
Work Completed: Replaced bonnet underpanel, replaced the entire exhaust system with a stainless steel unit with a chrome fantail, replaced leaking pinion oil seal, wheels refurbished, sills & bonnet repainted, door card and carpets renewed and seats re-upholstered.
Notes: Most expensive project in the series up to that point (later surpassed by the US series).